AHA study shows link between heart health, dental care

This just-released study from the American Heart Association confirms what we’ve been coming to realize for several years: bad oral hygiene is bad for the heart.

The study, including 51,000 people in Taiwan, found that:

  • Patients who had professional tooth scraping and cleaning had reduced  risks of heart attack and stroke.
  • More frequent scraping/cleaning was associated with more reduced risk compared to occasional or never tooth scraping/cleaning.

In a separate study from Sweden, the type of periodontal disease predicted degree of risks for heart attack, stroke and heart failure. These and other studies were submitted to the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011.

Regular cleanings are more than just for appearance and keeping your teeth. It’s believed that the bacteria from inflamed gums enter the bloodstream and damage the heart over time. Regular cleanings are important for a happier and longer life.

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